Pants. I put them on every weekday

At Company L2, my team deathmarched to get the next big thing out prior to taking the company public. We slept under our desks. I developed high eyeball pressure and got a therapist who told me to take a daily walk at 3pm.  The day after we went public, the director over our group said that the CEO had complained about seeing empty desks on our floor and we needed to spend 50 hours a week at our desks to boost visibility. I know that CEO. He’s neither an asshole nor an imbecile. When I dug into the issue, it turns out that there was a small group of slackers and instead of confronting them individually, the director chose to send an email to everyone. This is an example of what not to do. Moral cowardice. As managers, it’s our jobs to have the difficult conversations. Suck it up.

 

On the flip side, I’m a big advocate for having policies. People deserve to have expectations and parameters clearly laid out. At Company P5, the maternity policy was “Talk to the CEO.” Unacceptable! Pregnant women have enough going on; they don’t need to be co-inventing one-off policies. It makes planning impossible. 

 

So, in summation: policies are good and bad. Like everything else, it boils down to a pretty simple maxim. Be smart; make good decisions. Glad I cleared That up!